By Cllr Rachael Saunders, Leader of Tower Hamlets Labour Group
Local Labour councillors spend a lot of time dealing with dirty streets. Dumped bulk waste, missed bin collections, poor street cleaning – residents are entitled to expect that the council gets the basics right. Right now the council is looking at re-contracting its waste services. Maybe not the most exciting debate, but important, because better services mean cleaner streets.
We are campaigning to bring waste services in house. We are working with local unions - Unison, Unite and GMB are supporting the Group’s campaign ensure that all options for the renewal of the Council’s waste management contract are considered.
Mayor Lutfur Rahman is failing to keep our streets clean – a problem that was exacerbated by his introduction of charges for bulk waste collection. We have been campaigning to Clean Up Tower Hamlets.
After Labour put pressure on Mayor Rahman, he withdrew a Cabinet paper that was considering the waste management contract but didn’t even include a local depot. A local waste depot is very important and we’re pleased that, as a result of Labour Group efforts, Blackwall Depot will be used. This is only a temporary solution - we will continue to argue for a local depot.
The fight goes on for clean streets – the least residents deserve for a borough we can all be proud of.